Eagles look to crack Texans in regional semifinal



Pleasanton’s women’s soccer team celebrates its regional quarterfinal victory against Corpus Christi-London on April 5. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s women’s soccer team celebrates its regional quarterfinal victory against Corpus Christi-London on April 5. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s women’s soccer team turned up its energy late in the first half and during the second half to beat Corpus Christi- London 2-1 in the regional quarterfinal on April 5 and advance to its fourth straight regional semifinal.

“This is redemption, especially getting to play against Wimberley,” Pleasanton goalie Sydney Merecka said of the regional semifinal matchup against the Texans, which will be at McAllen Memorial Stadium on April 12 at 12 p.m.

The Pirates chipped away at the Eagles’ defense before bouncing a shot in off the upper goal post for a score with 10:55 left in the first half.

“After they scored the first one, we were like, ‘We really need to wake up,’” Pleasanton’s Carly Esquivel said.

Pleasanton snapped back in a rush, with Madelyn Bird scoring off an assist from Esquivel.

“Our goal going into the game was shooting, so yesterday we spent a lot of time practicing shooting,” Esquivel said.

Esquivel scored the goahead goal with 27:46 left in the game. Merecka made a key save with 6:20 left on a London breakaway.

Pleasanton and Wimberley have met twice this season in tournament championships, with the Texans winning both in shutouts after scoreless regulation play. Most recently, the Eagles lost 4-3 in a shootout against the Texans in the Salado tournament final on Jan. 19 while Pleasanton was missing six players due to other commitments.

With a win, Pleasanton would play the victor of Liberty Hill and Beeville Jones on April 13.

“From the beginning of the season, this has been our goal, to not sit in the top 16,” Bird said.

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